Shri.Sabih Alam Nomani vs Punjab National Bank on 16 December, 2010

Central Information Commission
Shri.Sabih Alam Nomani vs Punjab National Bank on 16 December, 2010
                       Central Information Commission, New Delhi
                             File No.CIC/SM/A/2010/000587 
                  Right to Information Act­2005­Under Section  (19)

Date of hearing                      :                                  16 December 2010

Date of decision                     :                                  16 December 2010

Name of the Appellant                :       Shri Sabih Alam Nomani
                                             13/397, Indra Nagar,
                                             Lucknow, UP.

Name of the Public Authority         :       CPIO, Punjab National Bank,
                                             Circle Office, Varanasi,
                                             S 20/56 D, The Mall Cantt.
                                             Varanasi (U.P.)

        On behalf of the Respondent, the following were present:­
        (i)      Shri Puneet Singh, Manager (Law),
        (ii)     Shri A.K. Pandey, Branch Manager

Information Commissioner                 :      Shri Satyananda Mishra

Elements of the decision:

        Section 20(2)

2. In our order dated 1 November 2010, we had directed the then CPIO 

and the Branch Manager to appear before us and explain why there was a 

delay of more than one month in providing the information.   Today, we heard 

the   then   Branch   Manager   and   a   representative   of   the   CPIO   through 

videoconferencing.   Both of them were present in the Varanasi Studio of the 


3. The  then Branch  Manager (Shri  A.K. Pandey) submitted  that  he  had 

received the RTI­application on 13 October and had forwarded it to the CPIO 

on 28 October 2009.  On behalf of the CPIO, however, it was submitted that the 

RTI­application reached their office only on 1 December 2009 whereafter they 

promptly sent the reply on 3 December.  It is not probable that a communication 

sent   from   one   of   the   Branches   in   the   state   of   Uttar   Pradesh   should   have 

reached Varanasi nearly a month after it was despatched, reportedly through a 

courier.  This matter needs to be probed.  Therefore, in exercise of the powers 

vested in the CIC under Section 20(2) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, we 

direct   the   CMD   of   the   Bank   to   get   this   matter   enquired   into   and   to   fix 

responsibility for the delay in the delivery of the RTI­application and to initiate 

proper disciplinary action if it is found that the delay was intentional and wilful. A 

compliance report be sent to us within 2 months.

4. The Commission ordered accordingly.

5. Copies of this order be given free of cost to the parties.

(Satyananda Mishra)
Information Commissioner

Authenticated true copy.  Additional copies of orders shall be supplied against 
application and payment of the charges prescribed under the Act to the CPIO of this 

(Vijay Bhalla)
Assistant Registrar

Copy   to:   Chairman­cum­Managing   Director,   Punjab   National   Bank,   Head 

Office, 7, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi – 110 066.


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